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Oldham

Updated: 10am Sunday 5 July

Many cinemas 📽️, bars 🍺, restaurants 🍔 and leisure facilities have reopened in Oldham and local areas. There is still reduced capacity on public transport due to social distancing measures.

It's really important for people who are going to work, or those who are going out for a social occasion, to think about how they are going to travel and especially how they are going to get home afterwards.

If you are planning a trip to Oldham cycle or walk if you can. Consider all other travel options before using public transport.

If you do use public transport, remember you must wear a face covering, unless you are exempt. It is your responsibility to provide this, and it can be a simple scarf or bandana. Exemptions include children under the age of 11 and anyone with a disability or condition which means they are unable to wear one.

Below is a breakdown of the transport information and advice for Oldham to help you make smart and safe travel choices 👇.


Cycling 🚴 - All-day capacity

Cycling and walking around and into Oldham is easy - from the town centre to the hills of Uppermill and Greenfield.

Get on your bikes and ride!

Whether heading to work or out with friends for lunch, we want your bike to be secure so you don't have to worry about it.

See our map below which shows cycle parking facilities in Oldham. Click on the icon for further information.

There is also a more detailed map available showing cycle routes and more on-street cycle parking. Click here for more information.

Further cycling tips can be found here


Travelling before 11am – Essential journeys only

There are still buses, trams and trains running from all areas including Ashton, Middleton, Rochdale and Greenfield but capacity is reduced across the whole day. Roads around Oldham have been quieter during this period.

Travel advice

  • Consider all other travel options before using public transport.

  • Cycling and walking for shorter journeys may be quicker – capacity on public transport is reduced to protect social distancing. You can travel to the town centre on your bike from the nearby areas of Royton, Lees and Moorside in 15 – 20 minutes.

  • Park your bike at the cycle hub at Oldham Mumps. Click here for more information.

  • Metrolink is quieter before 7am and after 9am Monday to Friday. At the weekend, services begin to get busier from 10am. Click here for more information.

  • If you travel before 7am there is an Early Bird ticketing offer. Click here for more information.

  • Before leaving home, plan your journey and allow for extra time. Some bus operators have travel apps and live capacity information.

  • Use bus services that run on the main roads into the town centre. There may be more capacity.

  • For occasional journeys consider taxis and private hire services as an alternative to public transport.


Travelling between 11am and 7pm – Limited capacity and road congestion expected

Public transport passenger numbers and road journeys have increased since 15 June and the busiest part of the day on the network is now in the mid-afternoon leading up to the early evening.

Traffic heading to Oldham, local areas/attractions and retail outlets have increased, leading to longer journey times and queues. The traffic hotspots are shown on the map below. To avoid being caught in traffic retiming or rerouting your journey could save time behind the wheel - some of the tips below might help also.

Travel advice

  • There are still buses, trams and trains running from areas including Ashton, Middleton, Rochdale and Greenfield but capacity is reduced across the whole day. Consider all other travel options before using public transport.

  • Cycling and walking for shorter journeys may be quicker and most local shops and bars/restaurants can be reached with a 20-minute walk or a 10-minute cycle. Leave the car at home, save money on parking and time spent in traffic.

  • There is a cycling hub near Oldham Mumps Metrolink stop. Click here for easy access.

  • Use bus services that run on the main roads into the town centre.

  • For occasional journeys consider taxis and private hire services as an alternative to public transport

  • If you do have to drive, be aware that car parking may be limited, and you may have to queue during this busy period.

The below map shows the expected congestion areas on the roads from Saturday 4 July.


Travelling after 7pm and late evening travel advice/service updates

Many cinemas 📽️, bars 🍺, restaurants 🍔 and leisure facilities have reopened in Oldham and the nearby areas of Uppermill, Royton and Chadderton (and a lot of local pubs and restaurants in between).

It's really important for people who are going to work, or those who are going out for a social occasion, to think about how they are going to travel and especially how they are going to get home afterwards. Some buses and trains don't operate as late as they used to and many services don't operate after 10pm 👇.

Travel advice

If you have to travel by public transport bookmark the below links to plan your route home or follow the taxi/private hire advice:

  • Check your bus 🚌 journey home here
  • Check your tram 🚈 journey home here
  • 🚕 Pre-book a private hire or take a taxi. Store taxi and private hire phone numbers/download apps before leaving home.

Service times will change depending on the day - for live bus and tram times check here.